Ethnofaction: Negotiating the future present through multimodal collaborations.

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Conference Presentation.

In this presentation, I reflect on my involvement in the Imaginational Labor (Ho, 2009) of developing a Danish folk high school in Gellerupparken on the western outskirts of Aarhus in Denmark – an area designated by the Danish government as a disadvantaged housing estate. Since 2017, a collaboration involving community members, municipality employees, and a diverse group of consultants and specialists has embarked on a journey to bring to life a Danish folk high school in the heart of Gellerup. Since then, the project has navigated a perpetual state of uncertainty, existing in a liminal space between a conceptual aspiration and a tangible actuality. Even now, in 2023, the realization of Gellerup Højskole remains more or less as undetermined as it was at the project's inception. With this presentation, I intend to discuss, through ethnographic examples, how my application of a multimodal research design was recognized and adopted by my interlocutors and how it became a way for us to manifest, albeit momentarily, tangible reference points in time and space of ephemeral moments of Gellerup Højskole. This was done through a series of co-created multimodal products such as video portraits, an art installation of analog photographs, and several shorter films. These products came to represent actual instances of the folk high school project in Gellerup and the imaginational labor comprising this work by its participants. In order to unpack the significance of these multimodal collaborations as references pointing toward a shared Future Present (Luhmann, Morgner, & King, 2017), I propose a line of investigation in this presentation that tentatively develops the framework for two novel concepts, namely, Collaborative Interfaces and Ethnofaction.
Periode22 aug. 2023
BegivenhedstitelMEGA Seminar 2023: Quests for a Good Life
PlaceringSønderborg, DanmarkVis på kort
Grad af anerkendelseInternational